May 16, 2019

Business Development and Fundraising Coordinator

  • Children's Radio Foundation
  • Cape Town, South Africa
Full time Media-Journalism

Job Description

These short films give you a sense of what we do and what is important to us:

Youth radio broadcasters build safer communities across South Africa
Bringing out the voices of LGBTI youth in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Beatrice Phiri: Zambian young reporter and climate change activist

The team

We are a small and committed team that believes in creating real opportunities for young people to reflect, grow, and advance themselves and their communities. A person who tackles problems with creative solutions, and who loves the energy of a collaborative, team-oriented creative process will thrive here. We work in a lively, innovative, fast-paced environment and are looking for ambitious, curious, talented, down-to-earth and kind people to join our team.

The position

As our organization expands, we are in need of a passionate, dynamic, and self-motivated professional who can assist us with the implementation of our fundraising strategies across our three offices. The Business Development and Fundraising Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and together support the boards and offices in the US (New York), UK (London) and South Africa (Cape Town). The purpose of the position is to coordinate and support all fundraising and income generation activities.

The day to day work will include prospecting research, administrative fundraising support, setting up of meetings with donors and funders, and keeping databases and dashboards up to date. More concretely, the Business Development and Fundraising Coordinator will:

Manage and track donor information, and develop (in collaboration with the Executive Director) a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
Work with the organization’s management to build relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors
As part of our new podcasting venture, assist in building a client base for income generation opportunities
Set up meetings and assist with the coordination of fundraising trips for the senior management team members to the US, UK and in South Africa
In partnership with team members, draft funding proposals and pitch documents
Work with our communications manager to execute social media fundraising campaigns, develop supporter newsletters, and maximize communication and visibility potential
Assist management in finding partners and sponsors for special events throughout the year

Research global fundraising trends and assist with the development of country-specific fundraising strategies for the US, UK and South Africa
Keep the organization up-to-date on changing donor priorities and identify new funding opportunities
Regularly monitor donor websites and identify investor opportunities
Suggest innovative ideas for effective resource mobilization and income generation
Administration of electronic databases, archive and knowledge management systems
The ideal candidate for the position

A keen interest in youth issues, human rights and social justice is a must, along with excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal communications skills. You have a good understanding of the funding landscape in South Africa and globally. As the successful candidate, you have knowledge of various types of fundraising and resource mobilization strategies for NGOs. You are responsive and communicate clearly and effectively whether in one-on-one conversations with team members, or writing emails and proposals. You have an engaging, confident public persona and are confident to network and pitch the business to a diverse audience. Your entrepreneurial spirit can identify new opportunities for the organization and explore innovative ideas to generate income. You see yourself pursuing a career in the NGO-sector.

What you bring
Work experience of a minimum of 2 years in fundraising, business development of partnership building
Ability to work with team members and board members to cultivate and expand corporate, foundation, and major donor giving
Brilliant writing, with a strong sense of detail
Digital literacy, high-level computer skills, and familiarity with all social media platforms
Highly-motivated, confident communicator with the ability to manage relationships
Recognized university degree, and preferably a degree in business-related subjects, economics, or sales and marketing.
Experience in working with targets and deadlines
A creative, pro-active and energetic attitude with the ability to identify and seize opportunities
Additional advantageous skills

Ability to analyze data and package it succinctly
Experience working with international NGOs
Experience with CSI fundraising
Master’s degree or postgraduate qualification

This position is a full-time position and will be based in Cape Town. The Children’s Radio Foundation pays market-related salaries.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample/portfolio 

Only applications submitting all of the required documents will be considered.


We train high school-age youth to become reporters who broadcast their stories and experiences on community radio stations in six countries across Africa. Our youth reporters take on issues that affect young people in their community: access to education and health services, gender and power, LGBTI issues and human rights, employment and opportunity, climate change and the environment. Speaking in local languages and in a youth-­friendly style, they interview community members, host debates, and bring out local perspectives in their weekly youth-­targeted radio programs. Our work uses youth involvement in radio to create opportunities for dialogue, skill building, and advancing human rights, by training and mentoring a new generation of broadcasters and thought leaders across Africa.

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